The bullock carts
Travel like ants
One after the other
At every step the horns jingle
Pure summer harmony

Stains of ink in my diary

Mother cooks our
Favourite sweet dish
While brother and I watch people dying
On the other side
Of our country

Dharwad to Bangalore
The train passes by
Leaving behind
A black cloud
Of memories

Unfinished journey and an unfinished poem

As we enter a new city
My days get summarised
In traffic signals
And my nights breathe
Under a hidden sky

My dream flutters and flies into a poem

On my way to work
Every day I see
The blind man
In front of the mosque
Mumbling prayers

In between a cyclist sings his folk song …


Poornima Laxmeshwar

Poornima Laxmeshwar

Poornima Laxmeshwar has authored a poetry collection, Anything but Poetry, published by Writers Workshop. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines such as Kritya, MuseIndia, Northeast Review, The Aerogram, Spark, Reading Hour among others. Her haiku has also appeared in several magazines.